You can chat, post, like and get some banter going with friends – even if you’re 5,000 miles away. But there are enough unsavoury characters trawling these sites that it’s necessary to raise a red flag. There are also enough deep digital potholes for the unwary to stumble into that you really need to be mindful too. You can make sure you’re always safe by following these top ten safety tips.
If you’re a regular reader of the BullGuard blog (if you’re not, you should be – sign up here!), you’ll know that with so many frequent privacy updates on Facebook, it can be hard to stay on top of these updates and how it could impact you and your account.
Recently, Google updated their Terms of Service. The update included permission for Google to use your reviews, name and photo for advertising purposes. Of course this update has now been set as a default setting within everyone’s account. Every time you recommend or comment on an item or service, Google is now permitted to share that reaction, and they’re referring to it as a “Shared Endorsement”.
As important as it is, the announcement that Google and Microsoft are trying to stop searches for child pornography overshadows a perhaps more important endeavour in which UK and US law enforcement are going to go hunting on the deep web for predators. This is a welcome move and one that emphasises the need for Facebook protection for children.
You may have noticed that infographics have been all the rage the past couple of years. Everyone and his dog has been creating them. And with good reason. We’re visual creatures and they present a tranche of facts, in a colourful and pictorial way, that are easy to grasp and digest.
That’s right, the number one social networking site has been
studied by scientists and they have found that it is strongly linked with a
decline in well-being. Apparently, the more time those participating in the
study spent on Facebook, the worse they felt. It’s no substitute for human
connection, in fact, those that talk to their friends on the phone or meet up
with them in person have much greater levels of happiness.
A lot of flak has been flying in Facebook’s direction the past few
days – and parents and those who take care of children will rightly have serious
concerns. Protecting children from Facebook will become mandatory.
Thisis the Internet era, no doubt about it: general public meets infinite variety of information via countless virtual channels. World Wide Web pages, e-mail, online shopping, and virtual chat rooms bring Internet users together (and help set them apart) in technology-mediated interactions and communication.
The presence of social media in our lives has offered us all
the opportunity to create a persona and share it with the world. The Facebook
profile means we can curate our identity, the privacy settings allow us to
control who we share that identity with, and the status updates and photo
albums mean we can keep that identity alive, with constant updates.